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Meaning of Egypt

For many millenniums, Egypt has had so many different names in almost all languages. Today, her official name is Junhuriyah Misr al-Arabiyah, in English… the Arab Republic of Egypt. Interesting fact … it is normal for Egyptians to refer to Egypt as Misr, if they live in Cairo, but if they live outside of Cairo, they will call Cairo as Misr. This is a custom of respect that dates to the earliest times of ancient Egypt.

Our pleasure to explain three groups of names that have applied to Egypt. In the early period of Egypt, the Old Kingdom, Egypt was called Kemet (Kermit), or simply Kmt , which means the Black land. They called themselves “remetch en Kermet”, which means the “People of the Black Land”. This term refers to the rich soil found in the Nile Valley and Delta. But Egypt was also sometimes referred to as Deshret, or dshrt which refers to the “Red Land”, or deserts of which she is mostly comprised.

Later, Egyptians referred to their nation as “Hwt-ka-Ptah” (Ht-ka-Ptah, or Hout-ak Ptah) which means “Temple for Ka of Ptah”, or more correctly, “House of the Ka of Ptah”. Ptah was one of Egypt’s earliest Gods. As in modern Egypt, this was both a name for the administrative center of Egypt, what we call Memphis today, as well as the name of the land as a whole.

Egypt, is what most of the world says today. In pronouncing Hwt-ka-Ptah, the Greeks changed this world to Aegyptus (Aigyptos), which they used in their literature as the name of an Egyptian King (perhaps Ramesses, though in a fictional manner), the Nile River and for the country itself. We find the word used by Homer in his famous “Odyssey.

Come to Egypt… touch her Pyramid’s… feel with your fingers her stones that were cut and moved over 3000 years ago. Cup your hands and fill them with her warm sand that the sun kisses daily. Let the sand trickle through your fingers like the sand of an hourglass. Egypt a timeless land. Cool your brow by her waters, the powerful life giving Nile or the Red Sea that Moses crossed. Challenge her deserts with your skills and create an adventure for yourself with a Safari to travel her lands of sand.

Egypt. A time machine of rulers and culture. Bring your soul here to experience this ancient world of history. Our land offers almost whatever your mind seeks. We are nothing like your new world. We are Egypt. A land like no other on earth. Travel time.. come be our guests.

Our web site offers you many pages of informative information for you to create the trip you really want to give yourself. Egypt waits for you. She welcomes you to her world.

 

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